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DCFS to stop sending kids to Uptown hospital clouded by sex abuse allegations

The state’s child welfare agency Friday agreed to stop sending children in its care to a North Side psychiatric hospital where children have reported being sexually abused and assaulted, but said it would not seek the full independent investigation advocates had requested, setting up a possible court fight.

The decision by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services came one day after state lawmakers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois demanded the agency allow an outside expert to conduct a comprehensive investigation of Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital in Uptown.

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